DAY 4 • JULY 19
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, originally from Montreal, has been active since the early 90s. The band’s name comes from an obscure black-and-white Japanese documentary from 1976, directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi. Their performances have a remarkable effect on the listener due to their orchestral energy, epic rock and beautiful short film loops. Their songs are usually very long – they last anywhere between 10 to 25 minutes and sometimes are divided into musical movements, as if they were symphony pieces. Almost always entirely instrumental, they are in some cases accompanied by recited monologues, interviews, station announcements, recordings of groups of children who speak and sing in French, as well as recordings made from shortwave radio. It is not easy to find a word for them, and this has contributed to their aura of mystery, effectively separating them from the usual logic present in the music business. They are currently on tour to promote their new album, “Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress”, which was released on March 31, 2015.